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Marco Roberto Balducci

Immigration Attorney at New Orleans, LA

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Louisiana - LA 11 years
    California - CA 17 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Marco

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I am the son of Italian immigrants who came to the United States in order to seek a better future. I was raised between Mississippi and Florida, and I have been living and working in New Orleans since 2007. I initially came to the Crescent City to work in a project to support and defend immigrants who had come to rebuild the city following Hurricane Katrina.

In 2012, my wife Carol and I opened our own immigration law firm with a vision of providing the highest level of representation to our clients and to help them gain access to unique opportunities in our country. Our mission is to give immigrants access to the American Dream and to add bright and brilliant new flavors to the melting pot of our community and country.

It is an honor to work for immigrants, who enrich our country by bringing their dynamism, drive, history, and families to the U.S.

Location

Pelton and Balducci, LLC
1100 Poydras St.
Suite. 2725
New Orleans, LA, 70163

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Posted by Loic | August 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Just perfect!
I'm more than satisfied with my experience with Pelton - Balducci! I was very stressed by my steps for my H1b visa and, thanks to their efficiency and seriousness, I was reassured. They answered all my questions in very good time to all my questions, also by telephone from France. I would recommend to all my compatriots and colleagues to do the steps with them and if I have to do other ones myself, I will go to them without hesitation!
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Posted by Nhut Dang | February 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Lawyer hands down!
I’m blessed to have made a great decision with choosing Marco to represent me. He’s an amazing lawyer, well organized, great communicator, very informative, definitely cares about the cases he handles as well as his clients.
Posted by Damir Gaynanov | February 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Exemplary professional lawyer
I have worked with Marco Balducci for many years and I can say that he is the best law attorney I've ever met. Exemplary professional lawyer. Marco explained us all our options, filled necessary documents, reminded us of important upcoming dates, and represented us on every step we went trough. I felt that he was absolutely devoted to our family's future and safety, just like our best friend. Every time we met, it was like we were meeting a friend rather than attorney-client business meeting. There is nobody better than him.
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Posted by Majdi | February 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Recommended lawyer
I finally granted my green card, Mr. Marco and his officers have a very good experience they do professional job, very nice team, everything was very easy through their office, i’ Got denied two times before i go to this office. I really highly recommend them.
Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney and Service
Great and prompt service, all professional interactions. Very compassionate but firm on explaining how the law works. Gave us the impression that he and his partner, Carol Pelton, are very good at working with the law. I would hire him again.
Posted by Andres | June 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding lawyer
From day one Balducci was always very patient with me and the rest of my family members which he was able to help. If you happen to come across with him as your consultant, rest assured that him and his firm will do anything and everything in their power to help you through whatever legal process you may find yourself in. Not once was he not professional and not once did I felt I was not important.
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Posted by Merali | June 8, 2017
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Excellent experience with an excellent proffesional
Excellent experience with an excellent proffesional whom I recommend a lot. Since my personal experience was very gratifying for me and all my family. Because of his responsible and great job. The success of a case depends on an excellent attorney like him.
Posted by Adan | May 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The best immigration lawyer in the state.
Marco was very profesional and helpful with my immigration case, thanks to him I was able to get my status adjustment.
Posted by Jeri Flynn | May 24, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
An Honorable Advocate
I have known Marco Balducci since he first became an attorney. He worked for many years for Catholic Charities in New Orleans because he has the ethics of an honorable man who wants to do good in the world. For the last several years Marco has been in private practice with his wife, Carol Pelton. They are outstanding attorneys separately, but together they make a powerful team.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pelton and Balducci, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Immigration Staff Attorney
  • Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • 2007 - 2013

Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • JD
  • 2006
  • Georgetown University
  • BS
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Matter of V-H-
  • Asylum granted
  • Matter of Z-V-
  • Clients granted asylum
  • Matter of S-N-
  • Asylum granted in immigration court
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Associations

  • Tulane University Legal Assistance Program (TULAP)
  • Attorney
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • AILA Liaison to the Houston and New Orleans Asylum Offices
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • AILA Liaison to U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • 2014 - 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Liaison to the New Orleans Field Office of USCIS
  • 2008 - 2010
  • University of San Francisco School of Law St. Thomas More Society
  • President
  • 2004 - 2006
  • University of San Francisco St. Thomas More Society
  • Events Coordinator
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Faith in the Marketplace Award
  • St. Alphonsus Parish
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • AILA Certificate of Achievement
  • AILA
  • 2016
  • Grant Committee
  • University of San Francisco School of Law Public Interest Law Foundation
  • 2006
  • Advocate of the Year Semifinalist
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • 2005
  • Grantee
  • University of San Francisco School of Law Public Interest Law Foundation
  • 2005
  • Grantee
  • University of San Francisco School of Law Public Interest Law Foundation
  • 2004
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • CALI
  • 2003
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Publications

  • 2016 AILA Midsouth and AILA Texas Chapters Joint Conference Program
  • "New Orleans vs. Nawlins: You Can't Say That! Proper Articulation of Particular Social Groups"
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Louisiana State Bar Association Immigration Law Update
  • Immigration Options for Survivors
  • 2014
  • Loyola University College of Law Experiential Learning Program
  • “Representing Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence”
  • 2012
  • Loyola University College of Law
  • "Perspectives on Immigration Law Practice"
  • 2012
  • La Casa del Alfarero Church
  • “Know Your Rights"
  • 2012
  • VAWA Self Petitions Clinic
  • "Introduction to Self-Petitions under the Violence Against Women Act"
  • 2011
  • New Orleans Provincial Council
  • "Regional and National Immigration Issues"
  • 2011
  • Loyola University College of Law
  • “Serving Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes”
  • 2011
  • LaFourche Parish Sheriff's Office
  • "Under-Utilized Tools to Investigate Crimes against Immigrants and to Empower Immigrant Survivors"
  • 2011
  • Immigration Laws for Legal Assistance Corporations
  • "Cross-Cultural Lawyering"
  • 2011
  • Temporary Protected Status Processing
  • "Haiti TPS Workshop"
  • 2010
  • Proving Persecution in Asylum Cases
  • "BodyTalk: U.S. Immigration Law and the Power of a Good Medical Exam"
  • 2010
  • Orleans Parish DA
  • "Introduction to Immigration Benefits for Survivors"
  • 2010
  • Marshall University, Charleston, WV
  • "SB 1070: The Push to Criminalize Immigrants"
  • 2010
  • LCADV
  • "Serving Immigrant Survivors"
  • 2010
  • LaSalle Detention Center
  • "Legal Orientation Program"
  • 2010
  • Jefferson Parish DA
  • “Introduction to Immigration Benefits for Survivors”
  • 2010
  • ESL Class of St. Anna's Episcopal Church
  • "Immigration Law"
  • 2010
  • Tulane Public Interest Law Foundation
  • "Perspectives on Nonprofit Practice"
  • 2009
  • Louisiana Interchurch Conference
  • “Immigration in Louisiana”
  • 2009
  • Latino Health Access Network Prenatal Group
  • "Know Your Rights"
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (16)
Endorse Marco
Immigration Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marco has been working with the immigrant community for his entire legal career and he cares deeply about his clients. He holds himself to the highest ethical standards and is a zealous advocate. I trust him and value his input on novel legal issues that arise in our similar practices."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marco is highly skilled in his practice. I recommend him as he is fully capable of fulfilling client needs."
Immigration Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am so impressed with how Marco has designed his practice to do one thing and do it well: help his clients with their immigration needs. His clients are lucky to have him on their side."
Immigration Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marco is a dedicated advocate for his clients. He focuses his practice on serving those in an area where there is a real need. Immigration law requires a detailed oriented approach, passion, and compassion - all of which Marco has. I have seen him have success firsthand at immigration court. I highly recommend him."
Immigration Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marco Balducci is an intelligent and compassionate attorney, who cares deeply about justice and fairness. I met Marco in law school, and have admired him since. I strongly endorse him as an immigration attorney, because I know it to be the one area of law he has always been passionate about. From the time Marco left San Francisco to help rebuild homes for residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina, he has worked tirelessly to improve his community. He is an honest and kind man, and one who will leave a lasting positive impression on any client or legal professional. My only regret is that we practice on the opposite sides of the country, or else I would refer all of my criminal defense clients with immigration needs to Marco for help."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
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